Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
جامع السلطان قابوس الأكبر
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat - panoramio (1).jpg
Basic information
LocationOman Muscat, Oman
AffiliationIslam
Architectural description
Architectural styleContemporary Islamic
CompletedMay 2001
Specifications
Capacity20,000
Minaret(s)5

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque (Arabic: جامع السلطان قابوس الأكبر‎) is the main mosque in the Sultanate of Oman. It is in the capital city of Muscat.

Construction

In 1992 Sultan Qaboos directed that his country of Oman should have a Grand Mosque. A competition for its design took place in 1993 and after a site was chosen at Bausher construction commenced in December 1994. Building work, which was undertaken by Carillion Alawi LLC[1] took six years and seven months.[2]

The mosque is built from 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone. The main musalla (prayer hall) is square (external dimensions 74.4 x 74.4 metres) with a central dome rising to a height of fifty metres above the floor.[3] The dome and the main minaret (90 metres) and four flanking minarets (45.5 metres) are the mosque’s chief visual features. The main musalla can hold over 6,500 worshippers, while the women’s musalla can accommodate 750 worshipers. The outer paved ground can hold 8,000 worshipers and there is additional space available in the interior courtyard and the passageways, making a total capacity of up to 20,000 worshipers.[4]

The mosque is built on a site occupying 416,000 square metres[3] and the complex extends to cover an area of 40,000 square metres. The newly built Grand Mosque was inaugurated by Sultan of Oman on May 4, 2001 to celebrate 30 years of the Sultan's reign.[5]

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